What's in a name?

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  1. Our names have been run together on our etickets. e.g. MARYJANE SMITH instead of Mary Jane Smith. Does this matter? Is it usual?
     
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  2. MSPeconomist
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    I notice this a lot and it does not seem to matter. Sometimes the capitalization looks funny too.
     
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    That's funny - I just had this happen with AA. When I was on with an AA rep for a different reason, she noticed this, and I asked if it would cause a problem. She said it happens from time to time and shouldn't be an issue. I'm assuming the TSA and ICE will be able to deal (international trip) but I hate that it's wrong.

    FWIW, I had to book using obscure points through some not-brilliant travel agent who clearly blew it.
     
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    DL always smushes the middle initial with the first name, which causes some confusion on code shares with partners. it has never caused a TSA or ICE problem.

    For example, John S. Doe becomes Johns Doe.
     
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    Welcome aboard birmie, enjoy MP !
     
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    One of my travelers is Justin A last name and his becomes Justina on the boarding pass, gives us a laugh and the security folks too!
     
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    My husband's name does this sort of thing when his middle initial prints on his tickets, giving his otherwise masculine name a feminine riff. It's actually been questioned a couple of times internationally, but ultimately they "get it" and let him past security.
     
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    It's happened to me a few times too, but never causes so much as a raised eyebrow. Most forms of my ID have my middle name on them, so it's pretty obvious what happened.
     
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    Ok - here's another angle. Technically, I have two middle names.

    I guess, years ago, I used one initial somewhere, rather than the one I typically use. Now I have a flight on Delta that has that middle initial. I think it auto-populated from my ancient SkyMiles account and I missed changing it (since done).

    So the ticket has that middle initial - and it's not on my driver's license or passport.

    Problems?
     
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    This thread made me realize how happy I should be for not having any middle name.
     
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    No booking agent ever gives you a hard time for that? I've tried to act like I don't several times, and they always push and insist and I cave.
     
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    Never had any problem what so ever. I just say I don't have one if any one bother to ask. Most of the time they just pull the information that is already in their system.
     
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    No middle name in English for me either and no issues anywhere.
     
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    I think I'll start trying that. My passport has a middle name in it, but I don't see how I can get into a problem with NOT having it on my airline tix.
     
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    I think the most important aspect of all is, whether the frequent flyer program accepts the name as written on the ticket and that the miles/points will post without intervention. I've had to fight it once due to an error on their own part (FIRST M LAST was ticketed as FIRSTM LAST).
     
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    What airline?
     
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    I think it was AA. Long story short, a vendor purchased the ticket for me. They did not enter the FF# at the time of purchase. I had a hard time adding my number onto the PNR due to the name dispute.
     
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    Yeah - that's kind of what I have going on. But I got the FF#s in, so I've cleared that hurdle. I'm still a little worried about the TSA and ICE, but not too much.

    This is why we all need a 20 character unique ID code. I welcome our forthcoming robot overlords.
     
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    My wife has her middle name in full on her passport, but just an initial on her driver's license, so I put down her name differently when we travel internationally. It almost always comes out as FIRSTM LAST for domestic and FIRSTMIDDLE LAST for international. We've never had trouble with either FF or TSA/airline boarding. I've also seen a variation when traveling on British Airways: it shows prints "Mr." after my name like "LAST, FIRSTMR". And the oddest was on Singapore, where my first name ("Menashe") came out like "He Menas" (no problem at the airport either...) Does anyone know if "He" is a form of title, like "Mr." in any Asian language? Or did their software just assume that the last two letters of my first name was a title?
     
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    That's because if it's smooshed together like that, it was entered as a compound first name and not as first and middle. AA's system doesn't permit spaces (or hyphens or apostrophes, among other things) in names. So JANE M SMITH would be first, middle, last, where JANEM SMITH would be first, last and no middle.
     
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    UA inserts Ms. on my ticket after my 1st name, so my tickets reads "3day/bkMs.

    Consequently, I've gotten calls from the UA computer about flight changes that request to speak with "bk milliseconds 3day"
     
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    And for me it's "goalieMiddlename LastnameMR" and when HAL calls me, it get the same but with my first and middle names pronounced as one (and give HAL credit as I have a French middle name and he pronounces it right ;))
     
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